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Hoppers Memorial Approximately 20 Metres East South East of the Chancel of Church of St Mary, Hadlow

Description: Hoppers Memorial Approximately 20 Metres East South East of the Chancel of Church of St Mary

Grade: II
Date Listed: 19 February 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 179460

OS Grid Reference: TQ6350049686
OS Grid Coordinates: 563500, 149686
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2230, 0.3400

Location: 29 The Forstal, Hadlow, Kent TN11 0DB

Locality: Hadlow
Local Authority: Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN11 0DB

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Listing Text

TQ 63 49

7/24 Hoppers Memorial approx 20m
- east south east of the chancel
of Church of St Mary


Memorial to 30 hop pickers who drowned in 1853. Sandstone ashlar. Short
obelisk on a projecting base. The square section shaft below has a moulded
base on a one-step plinth which has sockets for iron area railings. It is
inscribed in capital letters around the sides of the base. On the southern
side the inscription reads:

This Monument was erected by public subscription
in memory of the Thirty hop pickers who were drowned
at the Hart Lake Bridge in a flood of the River
Medway on the 20th October, 1853, and whose bodies
were buried in this churchard.
In the midst of life we are in death.

The other 3 sides list their names and ages. Their ages ranged from 18-50
years along with 4 infants under 6 years old, and included 16 members of the
Leatherhead family.

Apparently the hop pickers were in a cart. The horse got into difficulties on
the bridge and they were swept into the swollen river. There were 11

Source: A memorial board in the church tower.

Listing NGR: TQ6350049686

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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